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Great Small Town Getaways - Geyserville, CA

Mar 26, 2016 11:41AM ● By Fran Miller

By Fran Miller and Pam Kessler

Population: 862

Distance from WC: 87 miles

What your money can buy? Median home price $641,000

Geyserville has long attracted tourists to its geothermal hot springs. Add to that gourmet food, wine, art, and an abundance of outdoor activities, and people keep coming back to this tiny town. Picturesque and charming, Geyserville’s ambiance is that of a bygone era. Original brick buildings line the stoplight-free main street with its wooden boardwalks and Bonanza-reminiscent storefronts. But don’t let such modesty mislead you – these humble buildings boast fine art, antiques, wine-tasting rooms, and top dining spots like Catelli’s. Originally opened in 1936 by Italian immigrants, the restaurant is now run by third generation siblings, Domenica and Nicholas Catelli, who have reimagined the menu into a true gourmet experience highlighting local farmers and a wine list featuring over 100 wines. ( Another Italian hot spot is Diavola. Set in a historic landmark dating back to the 1900’s, the restaurant is known for its Neopolitan style pizza, handmade pasta and house cured salumi. (

 Overnight accommodations can be found at local inns and B&B’s, but the ultimate resort-like experience in Geyserville does not require a room. At Francis Ford Coppola Winery, ( day guests rent European-style pool-front cabins and luxuriate on chaise lounges (open April thru October). The property also boasts a movie gallery, a park, bocce courts, and a Godfather museum, housing Coppola’s Oscars, and Brando’s Godfather desk. Guests at Coppola can also taste the more than 40 wines produced on site, and dine at Rustic, featuring the movie producer’s personal recipes. Coppola’s wine empire continues to grow with his newest venture, Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville. Stop in daily from 11am – 4:30pm for a taste. (

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